In Part 2 of a four-part series, we discuss how the Administration for Community Living’s National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers aims to identify and engage family caregivers. Check out Part 1 of the series on dementia caregivers, Part 3 on direct-care workers, and Part 4 on the stated needs of family caregivers.
As of 2020, approximately 53 million adults in the United States provided unpaid caregiving support to family and friends. The number of family caregivers in the United States is expected to increase as the global older adult population is estimated to double by 2050. Despite the large and growing number of unpaid family caregivers, social, emotional, and financial support resources for this population, such as respite care or support groups, remain underutilized. For example, nearly half of family caregivers older than age 45 report not knowing where or how to obtain professional or financial assistance.
With the goal of supporting, recognizing, and engaging family caregivers, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through its Administration for Community Living (ACL), recently presented the 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers (NSSFC). The timely introduction of the NSSFC is part of a considerable repertoire of caregiver support work funded by the ACL, including the RTI International-based National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center, which produces and disseminates resources and recommendations for family caregivers and health care providers.